We flew late afternoon of the 19th. We packed snacks on the plane so we didn't feel left out when snack time came on the flight (mostly me, not SO!). ;) Our flight was early, arriving around 11 p.m.
We went to the super shuttle "kiosk" on the street. It was empty, except there was a phone sitting on the stool. Strange. It was nice of one of the drivers to pull over and phone in our reservation to dispatch after we'd waited 5 minutes. Another 10-15 minutes later we got picked up. Then the driver drove around the airport 3 more times because he wanted to pick up more fares. I understand why; but it did not make me happy! Their scheduling system needs refining. 2 hours after we landed we arrived at the Quality Inn 1441 Manchester Ave.
We were not happy with this motel. It cost $100 with tax in an advance purchase. It smelled like urine in the entryway of our room and there was an unidentified substance dried on the toilet lid. Water pressure was low and didn't get warm in the sink. A spider came out of the tub in the morning. It was noisy from the road. However, the beds were REALLY comfy! In the morning the front desk girl had us take an unmarked van shuttle when I asked her to call us a cab. It was fine and I gave him $10. I should have aimed lower since there was no price spoken of to start with. Strange. We made it to our new hotel the Crowne Plaza.
While I was not a fan of this hotel it was a way better deal than the motel! We got it on Priceline. It was $100 a night with tax and the $16 daily resort fee (includes tax). Pro's: quiet, nice pool, large room, shuttles every 30 min., fridge. Con's: Shuttle didn't always have A/C, no in room safe, smoking sections were right by the entry to the pool and shuttle waiting area. I feel the customer service is lacking at this hotel. Everyone was just nice enough to not be rude. With the exception of the valet parking guy on duty at 4 p.m. Wednesday but he wasn't helping us he was just chatty. The pool was closed between 1-3 and 7:30-9 (I think). Don't close the pool in the afternoon, people! But if you MUST please slip a paper under the doors so the guests know about it!
Our super shuttle to the airport was GREAT. We had one more stop after us and we were at the airport in under an hour right before rush hour started at 4. Note: They give you a time window but pick you up at the end of the time window. Ours was 3:45-4 and he was there at 3:58! However, this went way better than I was expecting based on our last trip where the driver didn't seem to know his way around.